Time for one last bit of sun­shine in Cyprus

As mem­o­ries of sum­mer ebb away in north­ern climes, one of the last places in the south to stay warm is Cyprus – closer to Asia and even Africa than to main­land Europe. Come here now to en­joy a low sea­son that still of­fers plent y of blue sky.

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WALK IN DIVINE FOOT­STEPS Tem­per­a­tures on the coast stay in the high teens or low twen­ties well into Novem­ber, and while that may not be beach weather for ever yone, it’s ideal for hikes that would be a sun-baked or­deal in sum­mer. In the barely tamed Aka­mas Penin­sula at Cyprus’ western tip, you can tap into Greek mythol­ogy on the Aphrodite Trail – a loop of three to four hours that takes in coastal views from on high (pic­tured left). It starts from the spring re­puted to be the bathing spot of the god­dess of love; her ill-fated lover is re­mem­bered in the Ado­nis Trail, which runs in­land (vis­it­pafos.org.cy/off- the - beaten - track). FEEL FRESH AGAIN By Novem­ber, the is­land’s plant life will be breath­ing a sigh of re­lief at the end of the thirsty pe­riod. Just south of the Aka­mas Penin­sula, a 40 -minute trail through the Av­gas Gorge starts amid thick stream­side veg­e­ta­tion home to tree frogs, and con­tin­ues as the cliffs loom higher on ei­ther side. GET PUR­POSE­FULLY LOST The Troö­dos Moun­tains, which reach as high as 1,952m, ex­pe­ri­ence a more clas­sic kind of au­tumn, with for­est car­pets of ochre - coloured leaves. It’s a re­gion of wind­ing roads best ex­plored by car, to take in moun­tain vil­lages, winer­ies such as Kyper­ounda, and painted churches from the Byzantine era – 10 of which are on the Un­esco World Her­itage list. FIND THE IDEAL HIDE­AWAY Many ho­tels and other vis­i­tor- cen­tred busi­nesses start to close for the winter at the end of Oc­to­ber, but one great place that stays open year-round is Apokr yfo Guest­house, in the vil­lage of Lo­fou in the foothills of the Troö­dos. The name of this ren­o­vated quar­tet of old stone houses lit­er­ally means ‘hid­den away’ in Greek (from £155; apokr yfo.com).

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